by Chris Raschka
Published by Simon and Schuster, 2006
Themes: The senses
Opening/Synopsis: “Smell is 1. Noble Nose, sniff and smell. You do it well. Contrast, compare. Sample scents of flowers and foods, oceans and woods. Breathe the air.
Hearing is 2, Sight is 3. Taste is 4. Touch is 5. If you are a bunny like our hero, or a girl/boy, you can have fun:smelling the sea odors; listening for all the urban clatter; seeing city scenes and sunsets in the hills; tasting grandma’s pie; feeling a wooly jumper….
Why I like this book: Once again I have fallen under an author/illustrator’s simplicity that I still strive for! Our bunny looks as though he himself is textured, as though Chris has glued furry black feathers as an ear and torso. Though digitally created, the look is so authentic, I found myself touching the image to check if it wasn’t furry. The text is sparse, and there are many contrasting comparisons: pleasant v. jarring sound; sweet v. sour flavors! Bunny is black and white and Chris uses color in a striking minimalist way. This is very much a book where ‘less is more’!
Blindfold tasting/smelling/feeling games are always a hit.
Lesson Plan: Smell
Lesson Plan: Taste
Lesson Pla: Touch
Lesson Plan: Sight
Lesson Plan: Hearing
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